New Zealand Has Officially Recognized ALL Animals As Sentient Beings – This Is HUGE

New Zealand has set an incredible precedent by legally ruling on what nature lovers already know to be true: that animals are sentient and have feelings in the same way that we do.

This marks an incredibly shift in public perception, where previously only some animals were given the benefit of protection.

The Animal Welfare Bill that passed last month will prosecute people in animal cruelty cases and ban animal research and testing. All hunting and capture of wild animals will be illegal.


“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”

“Expectations on animal welfare have been rapidly changing, and practices that were once commonplace for pets and farm stock are no longer acceptable or tolerated,” said Dr. Steve Merchant, president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association. “The bill brings legislation in line with our nation’s changing attitude on the status of animals in society.”

Hopefully the world will follow their lead!



17 thoughts on “New Zealand Has Officially Recognized ALL Animals As Sentient Beings – This Is HUGE

  1. What a poorly written article.

    For a start

    30BHunting or killing
    “(1)Nothing in this Act makes it unlawful to hunt or kill—
    “(a)any animal in a wild state; or
    “(b)any wild animal or pest in accordance with the provisions of—

    1. I live in New Zealand and this article is just not true. For example wild Possums get shot and killed everyday as they are regarded pests.

  2. No doubt a big step in the right direction, but why is it still legal to kill and use huge numbers of animals for food?

  3. Because people need to eat meat for complete health. Hello, eye teeth. Humans still take piority over animals.

      1. And so says everyone else who doesn’t want to get eaten. If we consistently placed the priorities of other animals above ours, we’d have no choice but to lie down and let the buzzards take us.

        Besides, outlawing meat wouldn’t exactly be great for domestic farm animals either. The only reason there are so many around is precisely because we consume meat to live. Setting them free would be an environmental disaster waiting to happen, so we couldn’t do that. Or we could cull them—which is probably what people would do. However, as killing animals for their meat would be illegal, we’d have to leave all of those dead farm animals to rot, which would not only be a waste of time and resources, but also a potential environmental disaster in and of itself.

        Or we could keep them around, control their breeding and allow them to die off naturally. However, since it would be impossible to profit off most of these animals, it would create a substantial drain on resources that would require either an increase in the price of certain foods (eggs, dairy, if they are still legal in this scenario) or government subsidies to keep whole herds and flocks of animals in glorified zoos that nobody bothers to visit.

        All of these scenarios, by the way, would doubtlessly result in an increased food shortage. While some populations, such as that of America, eat too much meat, it is one of the most reliable methods of consuming enough protein to survive. Moreover, some individuals have food allergies that prevent them from eating soy or other vegetarian protein replacements. I have a friend who simply could not get enough protein to live off of if she weren’t able to eat meat, for her system cannot tolerate any of the vegetarian alternatives. Outlawing the consumption of meat, or killing animals for their meat, would make life not only difficult, but flat-out impossible for many individuals like her. That’s not even accounting how a food shortage could affect people who are already having trouble getting enough food to eat.

        In short, such a move would likely result in the needless suffering and deaths of many animals and humans, drain the resources of society, and result in almost no moral gains. It would be far better simply to push for the more ethical treatment of farm animals, invest in in-vitro meat production, and to enjoy eating meat if it suits your fancy. By eating meat you are at the very least ensuring that the animal did not die in vain.

  4. Love what these folks have done in New Zealand ~ about time and now we must get the rest of the world to recognize this as well ~ Animals are all ‘Someone’ ~ ty New Zealand for your position on animal rights ~ protecting them and realizing it’s your responsibility to do so ~ ty ~ mgf

  5. Keep in mind everyone this is most definitely a beginning ~ Yes they are not covering every animal in this bill, however it is the step towards recognizing all sentient animals as someone ~ Belittling this achievement when no other countries are this advanced only proves to disrupt the momentum we are in ~ pls if you are unhappy with this bill then write the govt there and ask them to amend it ~ believe me the fact that they have accomplished this, as poorly written and some may think, it still much more progress than most countries aside from Israel ~ they seem to really have a grasp of the need to protect animals ~ in any case you are all part of this positive move forward so be encouraged and see where you can help in making this law/bill more effective ~ Personally I will write an email and suggest hey consider all animals ~ we are making progress ~ mgf

  6. The fact that all living beings SCREAM when being hurt or killed shows this are you kidding me that ppl really believe that they r not truly LIVING??This question & New Zealands acknowledgement of this just means they r supid from the get go. BAD ARTICLE

  7. The one thing that stood out while trekking in New Zealand was its total lack of natural fauna . They completely wiped most of it out years ago.

  8. following this logic, today the animals, tomorrow the plants/vegetables, so what we will eat the day after tomorrow?

  9. More than 25 years ago, it was discovered that taking a single cell taken from an animal (they did it with a cow) could be controlled and grown into any size and shape (beef, T-bone steak, burger, etc.). The only problem is the growth time was not “fast enough” for some of the investors, plus the Beef, Poultry, Egg, etc. industries were “up in arms” and complaining this would take money away from them, or that it was “too expensive” to “raise” protein in this manner. In other words, they were too lazy and greedy, even though it was explained to them they would be gaining in this new technology, and losing nothing except some of their unwanted expenses (veterinary costs, cleaning costs, etc.). They had their lobbyist do their dirty work, and the results of this experiment were labeled as “too costly” or “impossible”.

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